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USTA Jr. Team Tennis a Hit in the Diamond State

Can’t find anything to do on a hot summer day? Not a problem for these kids. Seventy youngsters on 10 teams competed in the Delaware USTA Jr. Team Tennis District Championships Mon., July 10, at the Delaware Tennis Center at Bellevue State Park.

In the 14-&-under intermediate division, Wild Quail 2 from Dover went undefeated. Team members included Dylan Barton, Matt Fillman, Sarah Litchford, Heather McMasters, Jared Morris, Alexandre Polise and Michael Schwartzmeyer.

The Fireballs clinched the win in the 14-&-under advanced group. Team participants included Jenna Davis, Brian Haggerty, Lucy Nutting, Anna Richman, Vijay Sarathi and Blaise Taylor. Team member Will Martinez was unable to compete in the district championships, but will join the team at sectionals.

The Delaware Aces captured the 18-&-under intermediate division, winning on total points over the Rodney Street team, who actually defeated them in the head-to-head competition. Emily Barton, Keith Delaney, Nick Hines, Kori Isken, Kristin Lake, John Menzione and Oscar Nawrot represented the Aces.

In the 18-&-under advanced division, the Delaware Fireballs eked out a four-point win over Sea Colony. Team members included Troy Beneck, Becky Campbell, Kelly Davis, Marta Drane, Carly Landini, Kevin Papen, Mike Roth and Chelsea Trader. Absent team members Matt Blake and Kurt Mendelson will join the team at the section championships.

Participants, parents, and coaches were treated to lunch and drinks. Many thanks to Jim Flesch and the staff of DTC for providing such a beautiful setting and well-maintained clay courts for the event.

USTA Jr. Team Tennis has become very popular in Delaware, with leagues for all abilities from Ralleyball (for beginning players) to fall, winter and spring leagues for intermediate and advanced players. Anyone interested in finding out more about Jr. Team Tennis should contact Nancy Keiper at keiper@ms.usta.com or 302-478-1313, or Licky Randolph at lrandolph10@comcast.net or 302-777-5610.

DE Aces

DE Aces
Front : Emily Barton, Kristin Lake, Kori Isken
Back: Oscar Nawrot, Keith Delaney, Nick Hines, Coach Lori Mitchell, John Menzione

DE Fireballs

Back row: Carly Landini, Marta Drane, Troy Beneck, Kevin Papen and Mike Roth
Front row: Chelsea Trader, Becky Campbell and Kelly Davis
Missing from picture: Kurt Mendelson

Wild Quail 2
Wild Quail 2
Top Row: Matt Fillman, Heather McMasters, Alex Polise, and Coach Gaby Brengle
Bottom: Dylan Barton, Michael Schwartzmeyer, Jared Morris and Sarah Litchford


Pictured left to right:
Brian Haggerty, Blaise Taylor, Vijay Sarathi, Anna Richman and Jenna Davis. (Missing from picture: Lucy Nutting, Will Martinez and Christina Vosters)